Natural and Cultural Resources Disaster Recovery Training Series

Climate change is a significant factor driving the occurrence of natural disasters. As climate change continues to influence the frequency and severity of disasters, cultural and natural resources are exposed to forces for which they were not originally designed. A traditional approach to disaster recovery, informed by the past, may no longer be enough to restore and protect our cultural and natural resources.

The following five learning activities will provide an introduction into the relationship between climate and natural disasters and give you an understanding of what you may encounter while serving as a Disaster Recovery Field Coordinator.

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Audience

This training is intended to assist anyone interested in natural and cultural resources to meet the challenges that a changing climate presents for disaster recovery. The training was designed specifically for people working to support FEMA during disaster recovery efforts, but the information presented will be useful regardless of where the recovery effort takes place, or whether or not there has been a formal disaster declaration. Planning recovery efforts with future anticipated change in mind will benefit all of us.

The Disaster Recovery Learning Series

There are five NCR Disaster Recovery learning activities as part of this series:

1. Field Coordinators & Natural Disasters
This learning activity will introduce you to the relationship between climate and natural disasters and give you an understanding of what you may encounter while serving as a Disaster Recovery Field Coordinator.

2. Climate Change in Recovery
This learning activity will introduce you to the effects of climate change and the major factors that influence disaster recovery and planning.

3. Cultural Resources & Recovery
This learning activity will introduce you to cultural resources and disaster impacts, and how you can work towards climate smart cultural resource disaster recovery.

4. Natural Resources & Recovery
Natural resources recovery demands that we consider and plan for how climate change will affect resources and ecosystems in the future, and plan recovery efforts that help them adapt. Doing so will increase their resilience and help to sustain the ecosystem services they provide.

5. Planning for a Climate Smart Future
This learning activity will introduce you to the ways and means of applying climate smart solutions to recovery efforts for natural and cultural resources affected by natural disasters.

Earn a Badge!

When you have completed all five of the Disaster Series learning activities, you will receive the Disaster Recover Badge.

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  1. This is a really though-provoking series that explores the many facets of planning for the future rather then rebuilding in kind following disasters. An excellent resource!

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